The Most Important Thing to Do after a Criminal Arrest: Call a Lawyer

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Boston, at the time of your arrest, you will be read your rights. These rights include the right to remain silent, to know that any evidence you provide can be used against you, and the right to an attorney. Further, if you’ve read other criminal law blogs, you may have … Read More

What Happens if I Violate a Restraining Order in Boston?

Restraining and harassment orders are legal protections issued by a court that are designed to protect alleged victims from abuse. If you have had a restraining order or harassment order issued against you, it is critical that you adhere to the order’s stipulations; the failure to do so can result in criminal penalties. If you have been accused of violating … Read More

The Basics of Parole

If you are convicted of a crime in Massachusetts, your sentence may include the possibility of parole. Different from probation, parole allows a convicted person to get out from behind bars in exchange for good behavior and adherence to the requirement of following a specific set of rules and guidelines. If you are facing criminal charges, have been convicted of … Read More

Excessive Use of Force by the Police

Police officers are required to use force in a variety of situations, and the use of force may even be a daily occurrence for officers who live in Boston. And while the use of force may be reasonable, and even necessary, in a number of cases, there is a fine line between necessary use of force and excessive use of … Read More

What’s the Difference Between a State and a Federal Crime?

Federal v state crime

Being charged with a crime is a scary experience, regardless of the type of crime. And in order to ensure that you get the best defense possible, it is important to hire the right type of lawyer for representation. Which is one of the reasons why knowing whether you’ve been charged with a state or federal crime is essential.

Can Evidence on My Cellphone Be Used Against Me?

Most smartphone users today use their phones for far more than just making calls. Instead, phones today are storage units that hold the most personal of data, from our credit card numbers and recent purchases to photos of our life to emails and text messages between our closest confidants and more. And as such, in the event of an arrest … Read More

What to Do if Facing Marijuana-Related Drug Charges in Massachusetts

Staying abreast of the laws regarding the possession and use of marijuana–not to mention the purchase, distribution, and cultivation of the drug–can be difficult to do. Not only does the federal government continue to classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance, the most dangerous classification there is, but laws in states like Massachusetts have evolved multiple times over the years.

What Is the Difference Between a DUI/OUI and an Aggravated DUI/OUI in Boston?

The state of Massachusetts refers to driving under the influence (DUI) crimes as operating under the influence (OUI) offenses, and maintains harsh penalties for any violations. Indeed, the state differentiates between just a standard OUI offense and an aggravated OUI offense, the latter of which is more serious, and carries more severe penalties.

Penalties for Sex Crimes in Salem, Massachusetts

Being arrested for and charged with a sex crime in Massachusetts is a very serious offense, and could have dramatic consequences for a defendant. The state of Massachusetts does not go easy on sex offenders, and if you are convicted of a sex offense, you will experience a permanent mark on your criminal record, potential jail or prison time, fines, … Read More

Campus Sexual Assault Defense

Being accused of committing an act of sexual assault or harassment is a very serious claim, and it could have a major effect on a young person’s life. Indeed, not only may the individual face criminal charges for the alleged act, but may also face disciplinary actions from a college or university as well, even if the act didn’t occur … Read More